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Hi I'm Laralee

I grew up in Utah. I live in Nevada. I'm a 6th generation Mormon.

About Me

I'm an avid knitter, sometimes crocheter, spinner, tatter, weaver and a beginning family history buff. I share my home with two cats. I'm a sister, a daughter, an aunt and a niece. I was able to spend time in Israel in my youth and do archaeological work there as well as see many sacred and historical places. I have a bachelor's degree in Archaeology and a master's degree in Library Science. I've recently retired and am serving a Church Service Mission in FamilySearch Worldwide Support.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith and raised with its principles and values, but it's not the only reason I remain. I have done as every member must do, and that is ask God for a personal witness of the truth of this Gospel. I have done this and received his confirming witness. In all my life I have been able to ask God for answers to my gospel questions and have received light and truth from Him. There is nothing better in this life than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is joy now and eternal joy hereafter.

How I live my faith

I have served in the children's organization, both as president and as a teacher of various ages and have worked with the scouts. I have taught in the women's organization and been a secretary in it. I have served as a visiting teacher and a visiting teaching supervisor. A visiting teaching supervisor works with the President of the women's organization, called the Relief Society, to see that every woman in the congregation has someone who contacts them regularly, teaches them gospel truths, and cares for them. Currently, my calling is to work with individuals to help them gather their families to Christ, both those who are living and those who have died. Christ and His restored gospel make it possible for all to come unto Him and accept His grace. Only man has made death a barrier to the work of the Lord.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

The main meeting for Mormons is called Sacrament Meeting. Members renew their covenants, or promises, with God through partaking of the bread and water, emblems of Christ's body and blood. Members of the congregation speak upon gospel topics assigned in advance by the Bishop, who is the leader of the local congregation. Hymns are sung and prayers offered. Visitors are always welcome at LDS Sunday services and any who wish to attend are invited to come and worship with us and think upon Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Any honest seeker of truth who attends our Sunday services, or reads even a bit of the Book of Mormon, or talks to a member will soon realize that Christ is the center of our worship. We don't subscribe to creeds that were not part of the New Testament church, such as the doctrine of the Trinity primarily created at the Council of Nicea centuries after Christ and His Apostles lived and taught. For this we are sometimes rejected by other Christians. We also believe that we are literally sons and daughters of God and as such have the potential to become as He is. Christ himself commanded us to be perfect even as His Father is perfect, and to be one as He and the Father are one. How could we do this if we could not become as He is? If a Christian is one who acknowledges that salvation comes through Christ alone, then we are Christian. If a Christian tries to emulate Jesus in their everyday life, then we are Christian. If a Christian loves their neighbor and leaves final judgment to God, then we are Christian. Show more Show less